DC League of Super-Pets #1 But It’s a Box Office Disappointment

Spectators rushed to see “Minions: The Rise of Gru” in theaters; As for Superman and Batman’s canine companions, they seem to be more willing to wait at home.

July 2022 was the best month for cinemas since 2019, but it ends on a weak note: for the first time since May (just before Paramount opened “Top Gun: Maverick”), the total for all films Earnings would be less than $100 million. This particular fallow patch won’t last long with “Bullet Train” (Sony) starring Brad Pitt next Friday; It could open up to $40 million or more. After that, theaters may have to wait until October for another significant cast when Warner Bros. debuts “Black Adam” starring Dwayne Johnson.

That’s assuming it’s not as heavy as some DC Comics adaptations, like this weekend’s animated “DC League of Super-Pets“(Warner). It’s #1 this weekend, but with a less-than-stellar $23 million. By comparison, it’s less than a quarter of the opening gross for “Minions: The Rise of Gru.” Another animated Universal title, last spring’s “The Bad Guys” cost $90 million less and opened for $1 million more.

Animated superheroes may be a goldmine—”Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Sony) had a domestic total of $190 million—but animation has been uneven all summer. “Lightyear” (Disney) as a Pixar-brand film was a real disappointment. “Pause of Fury: The Legend of Frank” (Paramount) grossed less than $4 million last weekend, and didn’t even make the top 10 this week.

“Groo” is heading to over $350 million this weekend with $10 million at #4—better than “Thor: Love and Thunder.” “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” (Paramount) took in $190 million. Still, moviegoers are clearly becoming more selective with VOD and streaming as near-term options.

Ticket sales totaled $96 million, which is 59 percent of the same weekend as in 2019. That puts the four-week running low by 85 percent compared to 2019, but it’s very unlikely to maintain that performance over the next two months.



Jordan Peele’s “Nope” (Universal), down 58 percent from its opening, didn’t copy the second weekend’s holds for “Us” (-53 percent after opening too high) and “Get Out” (-15 percent) . At #2 and $80 million, this is a respectable result and will become his third $100 million+ domestic film. However, the first two each grossed over $250 million worldwide with low budgets; It will be very less profitable.

‘Thor’ fell 42 per cent and ‘Gru’ 40 per cent. Other holds on PVOD, including the two Universal films, fell by only a third or less. Best of the bunch was “Elvis” (Warner Bros.), only 11 percent at #7 and $129 million. Also “When the Crowds Sing” (Sony), is down 27 percent in its third weekend and has the potential of $75 million or more. “Maverick” was as strong as ever, down 20 percent, to $650 million.

Also new in the Top 10 in 998 theaters is “Vengeance” (Focus), #10 with $1,750,000. The Blumhouse production, which blends comedy and a murder mystery, is directed by BJ Novak, who also stars in the lead. It received some favorable critical response and is likely to see a good PVOD later.

“a love song”

Bleacher Street

Of the special limited debuts, two garnered some degree of interest. “A Love Song” (Bleacher Street) managed $18,700 on four screens. Buoyed by the presence of Lena Dunham and others, “Sharp Stick” (Utopia) almost did the same in two. Opening wide in 97 theaters, “Resurrection” (IFC) grossed $92,700.

“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” (Focus) added $93,000 in 871 theaters, which is now $6.7 million. “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” (A24) added another $602,000 to 821 and reached $4.1 million Neon’s “Fire of Love” grossed $151 in 191, now $525,000.

The never-ending “Everything Everywhere All At Once” returned for $1,490 with $650,000 in bonus features, enough to get it to over $100 million worldwide for the A24, the highest total ever. Is.

top 10

1. DC League of Super-Pets (Warner Bros.) New – CinemaScore: A-; Metacritic: 59; EST. Budget: $90 million

$23,000,000 in 4,314 theaters; PTA (average per theater): $5,331; Cumulative: $23,000,000

2. No (universal) week 2; Last Weekend #1

$18,550,000 (-58%) in 3,807 (+22) theaters; PTA: $4,873; Cumulative: $80,583,000

3. Thor: Love and Thunder (Disney) Week 4; Last Weekend #2

$13,075,000 (-42%) in 3,650 (-720) theaters; PTA: $3,582; Cumulative: $301,522,000

4. Minions: The Rise of Gru (universal) week 5; Last Weekend #3

$10,800,000 (-40%) in 3,579 (-237) theaters; PTA: $3,040; Cumulative: $320,411,000

5. Top Gun: Maverick (paramount) week 10; Last Weekend #5

$8,200,000 (-20%) in 3,008 (-152) theaters; PTA: $2,726; Cumulative: $650,104,000

6. Where the Crowdads Sing (Sony) Week 3; Last Weekend #4

$7,525,000 (-27%) in 3,526 (-124) theaters; PTA: $2,134; Cumulative: $53,526,000

7. Elvis (Warner Bros.) Week 6; Last Weekend #6

$5,830,000 (-11%) in 2,901 (-204) theaters; PTA: $2,010; Cumulative: $129,001,000

8. Black Phone (universal) week 6; Last Weekend #8; PVOD. but even

$2,500,000 (-29%) in 1,638 (-417) theaters; PTA: $1,526; Cumulative: $83,119,000

9. Jurassic World: Dominion (universal) week 8; Last Weekend #9; PVOD. but even

$2,080,000 (-33%) in 1,747 (-420) theaters; PTA: $1,191; Cumulative: $369,493,000

10. Vengeance (Focus) New – CinemaScore: B+; Metacritic: 69

$1,750,000 in 998 theaters; PTA: $1,754; Cumulative: $1,750,000

Extra Exclusive/Limited/Independent Release

a love song (Bleacher Street) – Metacritic: 76; Festivals include: Sundance 2022

$18,702 in 4 theaters; PTA: $4,859

Resurrection (IFC) – Metacritic: 70; Festivals include: Sundance 2021

$92,700 in 97 theaters; PTA: $956

medusa (Music Box) – Metacritic: 69; Festivals include: Cannes, Toronto 2021

$2,181 in 3 theaters; PTA: $727

sharp stick (Utopia) – Metacritic:52; Festivals include: Sundance 2022

$18,317 in 2 theaters; PTA: $9,159

Mrs. Harris goes to Paris (focus) week 3

$930,000 in 871 (-130) theaters; Cumulative: $6,755,00

love fire (neon) week 4

$151,262 in 191 (+94) theaters; Cumulative: $525,590

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4

$53,947 in 63 (-1) theaters; Cumulative: $333,607

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (A24) week 6

$602,300 (+231) in 821 theaters; Cumulative: $4,101,000

everywhere together (A24) week 18; PVOD. but even

$650,000 in 1,490 (+1,320) theaters; Cumulative: $68,848,000

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